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  • 1997 Gator Volleyball Signees

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  • GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida Head Volleyball Coach Mary Wise announced the signing of two players to national-letters-of-intent on Wednesday.

    Heather Wright, a 6-1 middle blocker from Martinsville, Ind., is one of only six players in the country to be named a 1996 Volleyball Magazine First-Team High School All-American. Wright, a three-time all-state first team selection, led Martinsville High School to the 1996 Indiana High School State Championship title. In addition to her elite All-America honor, she was also a three-time USA Volleyball Junior All-American. Wright also competes for Circle City, one of the elite club programs in the country.

    Jerilyn Hattendorf, a 6-0 outside hitter from St. Charles, Ill., was a member of the 1996 USA Youth National Team. Playing for St. Charles High School, Hattendorf was a two-time all-state first team selection and a three-time all-conference member. Hattendorf also competes for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club, which won the 1995 national title in the 16 open division. She was named a 1995 USA Volleyball Junior All-American.

    "In Heather and Jerilyn, we have signed two elite-level athletes that play for two of the premiere volleyball clubs in the nation," Wise said. "Both Heather and Jerilyn will make a huge impact on our program. They come to us with advanced skills for high school players and they possess great athletic talent."

    Wright and Hattendorf will be joining a team coming off an impressive 37-2 season, that took the Gators all the way to the NCAA Final Four for the third time in Wise's six years at Florida. The Gators also claimed their sixth consecutive Southeastern Conference Championship and fifth-straight SEC Tournament title in 1996. Florida graduates two seniors, outside hitter Jenny Wood, a second-team All-American, and middle blocker Julie Stanhope, from last year's squad.

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